Berlin. “#Krisenalltag – Kommunikation in der Pandemie” (#Daily crisis business – communication during the pandemic) is the title of a temporary exhibition that will open on 13 July 2023 at the Museum für Kommunikation Berlin (Berlin Museum of Communication). mecom contributes content to and is involved in the organisation of this event. As a practice partner, mecom participates in a project on pandemic communication with the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), and initial research results from this project will be presented in the exhibition.
The joint project “Optimierung der Risiko- und Krisenkommunikation von Regierungen, Behörden und Organisationen der Gesundheitssicherung” (MIRKKOMM) is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and has, since the autumn of 2021, been examining the risk and crisis communication of the federal government, states, municipalities, media and new public actors during the corona pandemic.
Since mecom acts as a practice partner in project MIRKKOMM, it also plays a significant role in the exhibition on corona communication. Until October 2023, visitors will have the opportunity to look into the digital communication strategies of authorities, the media and influencers and get insights into the communicative dynamics of a pandemic.
“We are very pleased to contribute to a project as important as MIRKKOMM and the accompanying public exhibition for the Federal Republic of Germany, together with the BfR, the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) and further high-level institutions such as SHR Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie and Europa-Universität Viadrina,” states Mandy Best, Managing Director at mecom.
“The Modular Warning System (MoWaS) plays a crucial role in MIRKKOMM and hence also in the exhibition,” says Alexander Feldmann, Managing Director at mecom. “MoWaS, which we are developing and operating for the BBK, generates and disseminates official public alerts and is, especially in times of crisis, an important instrument to alert the population in a quick, transparent and appropriate manner. Therefore, we are running a usability study to investigate how MoWaS can be optimised for users. Together with our project partners, we will present the first findings in the exhibition at the Museum of Communication, and demonstrate how MoWaS was utilised during the pandemic.”
The exhibition “#Daily crisis business – communication during the pandemic” takes visitors on an interactive journey through the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and revisits the past three years. Guests can experience the communication surrounding the pandemic with the help of wall screens, a multitouch table and an interactive projection.
The exhibition will open at the Museum of Communication on 13 July with a vernissage. Guests include experts from the fields of science and practice as well as representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. BfR President Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel will give a welcoming address. The exhibition will be open to the public until 15 October.
Afterwards, it will also be shown in Frankfurt am Main, where it will be on display from 9 November 2023 until March of 2024.
mecom Medien-Communikations-Gesellschaft mbH (mecom for short) with headquarters in Hamburg was founded in 1989 and is a joint venture of the news agencies dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH, dpa-AFX Wirtschaftsnachrichten GmbH, KNA Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur GmbH, GEP Gemeinschaftswerk der Evangelischen Publizistik gGmbH with epd and AFP Agence France-Presse GmbH. dpa is the major shareholder and holds a 50 per cent stake in mecom. As a modern IT services provider, mecom designs and operates innovative and customised solutions for professional communication applications. This includes, in particular, the reliable transmission of sensitive data via satellite in broadcast mode or via web technology.
mecom develops and operates the Modular Warning System (MoWaS) for the Federal Republic of Germany. This is a powerful warning and communication system used by the federal and state governments as well as municipalities to alert and inform the public. The alerts are transmitted via satellite. As opposed to land-based transmission methods such as VHF or mobile communication, satellite communications are less sensitive to interference such as power outages.
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